TRANSFORMATIVE STUDIES

Graduate Dissertation Titles

Graduate Dissertation Titles

2013


Margaret DiMarco Allen

An Integral-Appreciative Co-Paradigm Study of Leadership and Effectiveness at a Public Service Agency: The Rockford Park District from 1972 – 2006

Jocelyn Elizabeth Chapman

Teaching into the Heart of Knowing in Online Education: Aesthetics and Pragmatics

Wanella – Bola Cofield

Learning Circle – Sacred Space: A Case Study of African America Women Cultivating a Self-Loving Attitude in the Midst of Systemic Oppression

Crystallee Rene Crain

Exploring the Impact of Community and State Violence among Black Women in Oakland

Denis Martinez Criado

An Integral Approach to Evolving Consciousness: Painting and Poetry 1890 - 1955

Leilie Kaye First

Creativity in theoretical Physics: A Situational Analysis of the Fifth Solvay Council on Physics, 1927

Margaret Ruth Frimoth

Breaking Silence, Shifting Culture: A Partnership Model of Intentional Safety for Child Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Sister Joy

Medical Doctors’ Views on Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Moving toward Integrative and Equitable Healthcare in Arkansas

Nancy Kresin-Price

Building Warmth Sculpture in the Student-Teacher Relationship: Goethean Observation and Contemplative Practice in an Action Research Inquiry

Benedict L. Louie

Application of a Grief Model and Buddhist Psychology Dealing with Grieving, Loss, and Suffering

Regina Lutrell

Social Networking Sites in the Public Relations Classroom: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Undergraduate Learning Outcomes Using Wordpress, Facebook, and Twitter

Charles McAuley

Promethean Mythopoetics and Evolutionary Consciousness: The Theoretical Journey through the Realms of Metaphor, Media, and Mind

Ayodele Nzinga

Performing Literacy: A Narrative Inquiry into Performance Pedagogy in a Marginalized Community

Kenneth Otter

What Difference Does It Make? A Qualitative Inquiry into Longer-Term Outcomes of a Transformative Education in Relational Leadership

Damaur Cummings Quander

A Nation within a Nation: An Organic Study of the Black Matriarchy as a Social Construct of Black Survival in Contrast to the Moynihan Report

Lynne Hedrick Roff

Anomalous Experience in the Performing Arts: A Transdisciplinary Encounter

Mary Rolison

How Human Service Workers Maintain a Positive Perspective

Charles Silverstein

Contemplative Practices and Orders of Consciousness: A Constructive-Developmental Approach

Penelope Ann Thronson

Crossing between the Father’s House and the Mother’s House; The Journey of a Long-Term Leaderless Women’s Group

Sally Wilcox

A Fractal Topology of the Transcendent Experience

Laura Wilson

Enchanted Words, Enchanted Worlds: A Theoretical Examination of Fantasy Literature and Re-enchantment

Robert Wright Jr.

The Role of Endogenous Cyclic Nitric Oxide Spiking in Motherloss and Existential Grief Recovery: A Modified Neuropsychological and Psychophysiological Heuristic Self Search Inquiry Approach to Stress reduction, Homeostasis, and Healing

John Yeomans

The Theory of Evoking Conditioned Presence: A Grounded Theory Study

2012


Elisa Audo

The Experience of Mind-Body Bridging as a Treatment for Domestic Violence Offenders

David Borsos 

The Esoteric Philosophy of Alice A. Bailey: Ageless Wisdom for a New Age

Sheri Chow 

Best Practices in Student Recruitment: A Case Study of Eleven Practitioners at Seven Alternative Graduate Schools

Julien Porter Devereux 

Transformative Experiences of Long-Term Recovering Alcoholics: A Cooperative Inquiry

Armand Diaz

Divination as a Life Path in Contemporary America: An In-depth Exploration of the World of Psychic Mediums

Maureen Dolan

Body, Mind, Spirit: Twelve Juicy Stories of Transformation from Yoga Practice in Higher Education

John Duvall

Peak Oil and Transition: The Making of a Documentary Video

Anna Gatmon 

Education towards Wholeness: Facilitating Spiritual Knowing in Adult Learners

Judith Glick-Smith

The Path of the Razor’s Edge: An Examination of the Flow of Experiences of Firefighters

Catherine Hillary Keeney

Circular Poetics: Cybernetics, Zen Koans, and the Art of Creative, Transformative Pedagogy

Sarah Kerr 

Dreams, Rituals, and the Creation of Sacred Objects: An Inquiry into a Contemporary Western Shamanic Initiation

Joe Mageary

“Rise Above/We’re Gonna Rise Above”: A Qualitative Inquiry into the Use of Hardcore Punk Culture as a Context for the Development of Preferred Identities

Joy Meeker

Engaging Emotions and Practicing Conflict: Emotions and Teaching Toward Social Justice

Melissa Murray

Civilian Leadership in a Public Safety Organization: A Collaborative Inquiry among a Group of Public Safety Dispatch Supervisors

Jeanine Olund

Women of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: A Qualitative Exploration into Factors of Success

Nika Newcomb Quirk

Open Yet Unbroken: We Emerge as a Circle of Women Leaders through an Artful Action Inquiry

Aparna Ramaswamy

Natya Yoga – The Yoga of Bharatha Natyam

Stacey Starling 

Competing Goodness: Perceptions of Person-Centered Culture Change Within Human Service Agencies.

James Uhl 

Experiences and Insights on Masculinity by Former Navy Seals in Their Military and Civilian Lives.

Barbara Widhalm 

Nature as Guide for Vibrant Learning – A Living Systems Framework for Academic Learning Experience Design toward a Thriving Sustainable World

2011


Yene Assigid

African Leadership: Perspectives of Twenty Senior African Leaders and Heads of State

Karen Braun

Social Entrepreneurs: Identifying the Personal Motivations and Values of Successful Project Leaders

Amy Crawford

Pursuit of the Higher Self: Stories of Personal and Spiritual Transformation Shared by Adventure Athletes

Christine Haberkorn

The Dialogic Self: How Conceptual Artists Recognize and Describe  Transcendent Moments with a Creative Unconscious

Bessie Marie Katsilometes

The Call to Pilgrimage: A Journey into Sacred Space and Time

Deborah LeFalle

The Role of Personal Strengths in Academic Success: View and Voices of Resilient Community College Students

Jeffery Allyn Martin

Ego Development Stage Does Not Predict Persistent Non-symbolic Experience

Wendy Mason

The Transformative Potential of Transdisciplinarity for Nurse Practitioner Students and Nurse Educators: A Theoretical Analysis

Virginia May

Down-to-Earth Women Searching for Eco-Sustainability: An Arts-based Co-operative Inquiry

Colm McAindriu

An Epistemology of Love as a Sacred Way of Knowing: A Heuristic Self-search Inquiry

Patricia McFarlane

Performing the “Other” in Religious Community: An Inquiry among American Mennonite Women

Matt Oppenheim

Panimatzalam’s Voice of Transformation; A Case Study of an Indigenous Mayan Writing Project Focused on Indigenous Community Development

Teddie Michelle Potter

Reconstructing a New Story of Nursing: Critical Analysis of Nursing  Textbooks using Riane Eisler’s Partnership Paradigm

Mujah L. Shakir

Ancestral Voices of the Living Rise Up and Claim Your Bird of Passage:  Tuskgee-Macon County Women and the U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study: An Oral History Project

Jennifer Simon

The Cost of Logical Empiricism from Inception to Present for Child Psychology                                              

2010


Mary Meeker Alber
IMAP: Integral Self-Awareness Mapping Process: A Study to Evolve a Method for Consciousness Development

Maria F. Albergato
Transforming the Perception/Experience of Body Image in Women Traumatized by Breast Cancer

Carmen Arth
Mapping the Footprints of Spirit: An Intuitively Adaptive Narrative Inquiry

Eric Berkowitz
Theater as a Tool for Transformation: Identifying the Aspects of a High School Collaborative Theater Process That Encourage Self-Development

Bryon Dan Crowe
I Ain't Fattening Frogs for Snakes: An Inquiry Into the Application of Creativity Research to Teach Practice

Maryanne A. Fazio-Fox
The IMAGINE model: A Web-Based Transdisciplinary Curricular Model to Build Learner Capacities That Encourage a Culture of Peace

Ruth M. Lamb
Healing as Yoga Sadhana: A Subtle Energy Approach to Addiction Treatment

Doreen Maller
Juvenile Offenders to Reformed Women: A Narrative Analysis of Transformative Change

Terri L. Reasoner
Using Participation in an Online Community to Support Living and Coping with Chronic Disease: A Narrative Inquiry

Harold Reich
A Qualitative Study of Heart-Mind Coherence Techniques for Stress Relief and Mental and Emotional Self-Management

Surinder Gill Saeltzer
My Sikh Mother and I: The Way We Are in America

Rachel Elizabeth Seiler
Potent Crossroads: An Inquiry at the Intersection of U2's Music and the Progressive Awareness of Their Listener's

Thomas Milton Shaw III
Reclaiming and Reconstructing Our Lady of Guadalupe: A Symbol of Transformation and Empowerment for Latina/Chicana Lesbians

Rona K. Zollinger
A Case Study of Transformative Education in Action: Partnership Education for Stability

2009


Peter Avanti
Modernity Legato: Black, White, and Blues

Fatima Bustos-Choy
Narratives on the Impact of Colonialism on the Lives of Modern-Day Filipino American Women in the Workplace

Craig Elliott
Raising Change: Fathering as a Feminist Experience

Shahara Lauren Etta Godfrey
Bearing Witness: An Organic Inquiry Into What Reveals Itself to Seven African American Women Visual Artists Who Gather to Talk Story Through Art

Marjory L. Hamann
Seeing What Is: An Organic Inquiry into the Experience of Living Mindfully with White Privilege

Mary Beth Gajewski Moze
A Theory of Surrender: Understanding Psychological Surrender with Comparison to Ego Defense

Paige L.Parker
A Critical Theory of African American Potentiality

Glenn Aparicio Parry
SEED Graduate Institute: An Original Model of Transdisciplinary Education Informed by Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Dialogue

Pamelaia Sanders
The Resurgence of the Soul's Inner Wellspring of Knowledge: Remembering, Reclaiming, and Embracing Cultural and Spiritual Wisdom

Donna Stoneham
Changing Practices, Transforming Paradigms: An Appreciative Approach to Developing Integral Leaders

Wong, Cathy L.
Filling The Void: An Autoethnographic Study of a Transracial Adoptee

Elizabeth M. Koffman
An Organic Inquiry into Intentional Motherhood Through Pregnancy and Childbirth: Stories from Lesbian Mothers

Debra Mater
Exploring Aspects of a Forgotten Knowledge: A First-Hand, Experiential Investigation Into Trans- Rational Knowing

William Morris
Chinese Pulse Diagnosis: Epistemology, Practice and Tradition

Constance Scharff
Filling the God-Shaped Hole: Reframing Alcoholism as an Opportunity or Spiritual Transformation

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2008


    Kathleen Brown
    Writing Our Way Home: A Life History Study of African American Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century Who Grew to Adulthood Enslaved

    Lily Fessenden
    On the Way to Interbeing: A Cooperative Inquiry

    Portia Naomi Hopkins
    Reconstructing the Reader: Towards a Theory of Engaged Reading

    Tony Kashani
    Cinema for Transformation: Towards a Pedagogy of Social Change

    Kathy A. Kelly
    Rekindling Indigenous Minds: An Ethnoautobiographical Inquiry of Transformation

    Karyn Lazarus
    Integral Community: The Experience of Soul in Everyday

    Dane Gregory Reese
    Authentic Education: Applying Principles from Authentic Movement to Educational Theory and Practice

    Susan Ross
    The Integration of Transformation: A Cooperative Inquiry Among Women After Transformative Travel

    Kathleen A. Shanel
    Stories of Being Heard- An Organic Inquiry Exploration Into a Transpersonal, Transformative Experience

    Taj Toni Johns
    We Are Self Affirming Soul Healing Africans

    Suzanne M. Pereira
    Case Study of Women in Recovery: A Transformative Journey of Recovery from Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies

2007


    Jeanine M. Canty
    Ecological Healing: Shifting from a Scarcity Consciousness

    Christine Carter
    What is the Experience of Leaders Who Transcend Organizational Paradox? A Phenomenological Inquiry

    Betty Anne Frey
    Discerning Life with Dreams: The Triadic Relationship Between Dreams, Discernment, and Spiritual Intelligence

    Folarinde Christiana Harrison
    What Can I, A Ghanian Woman, Tell About Survival and Flourishing in America When I Hear the Stories of My Peers Through Kronkrontsee (Spiritual Listening)?

    Diane Marie Horton
    How Can the Dreamer be Reconciled with Everyday Reality?

    Melissa Jones
    Mid-Career Corporate Women in Dialogue: What it Means to be in Effective Control of Career Development and Management Efforts

    Gabrielle Pelicci
    Portraits of Her: A Narrative Analysis of the Life Stories of Five Women Healers

    Helen Roads
    A Spirituality Informed Intervention to Address Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Holistically

    Joanna Zweig
    Group Coherence: A Cooperative Inquiry

2006


    Anne Adams
    Education: From Conception to Graduation-A Systemic, Integral Approach

    Lorna Beretta
    A Practical Example of Action Research: A Case Study

    Lori Clinchard-Sepeda
    Through Her Eyes: A Case Study of Women's Experience of Pregnancy and Childbirth with Out-of-Hospital Midwifery Care

    Sister Guadalupe Guajardo
    Leadership at the Margins of Society: Practices in a Shifting Paradigm

    Lisa Herzig
    The Meaning(s) of a Menopausal Woman's Voice

    Gregorio Rivera
    An Evolutionary Learning Community: How Artscience Emerges through Evolutionary Systems Design

    Matthew J. Taylor
    Re-membering Backpain: Discovering the Gaps in our Self-Care through a Participatory Back School

    Dominica Lord-Wood
    Creating Expression among Women

    Charles L. Trull
    Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Effects of Long-Term Practice of Ceremonial Sexuality

    Daisy Nelson White
    Every Body is a Star: Creating Family Cosmology

    Martha Brumbaugh Jacobsen
    Out of the Mists: An Organic Inquiry into Sacred Ways of Knowing and the Shaping of Reality

    Angela Gayle Cherry
    Teaching from the Inside Out: Teaching Practices and Lived Experiences of African American Women Teachers Who Taught in the Segregated South